Award-winning Music Artist Scheduled for Calvin College Visit

Written by Terry DeBoer on . Posted in Local

  Lecrae225   Grammy-nominated, faith-based hip-hop artist Lecrae is coming to West Michigan in March as part of the Calvin College Festival of Faith and Music.

     The reflective musician will give a keynote address at the conference, as well as perform in an open-to-the-public concert March 28 at VanNoord Arena.

     Securing the high-profile Lecrae, who only recently performed on “The Tonight Show” on NBC-TV, is a coup for the biennial festival. The visit was announced last week by coordinating committee member Ken Heffner.

     In past years the conference has featured the likes of The Civil Wars and Jon Foreman of Switchfoot.

     Lecrae, who headlined a sold-out show at the DeltaPlex last fall, is touring with his most recent CD titled “Anomoly. “ It is nominated for both Stellar and Grammy Awards and contains the mainstream hit “All I Need Is You.”

    Another song, “Messengers,” features vocals from the inspirational pop-rock band For King & Country and is also nominated for a Grammy.

    “Anomoly” topped sales charts last fall the first week of its release and remains among the top 200 sellers in all genres.
     The Festival of Faith and Music features more than just musical performances. There are also journalists, authors, and critics as well as fans of faith-inspired music who attend panel discussions, presentations, and musical clinics.

   Lecrae (his given name is Lecrae Moore) grew up on the streets of various communities where he lived. He has been rapping since he was 11 years old.

   But at age 19 a radical conversion changed his outlook.

was only when I was awakened to the reality that God desired to adopt an imperfect person like me did I change my musical content,” he told a reporter. "(Now) I'm a completely new person – I'm not perfect but I have a true desire to empower, encourage and empathize with people."

     Lecrae has performed in various venues and on both Christian and mainstream music tours. He was part of the faith-based Winter Jam tour that played at Van Andel Arena a year ago.

     He shared host duties with singer Bart Millard of MercyMe last fall at the annual Gospel Music Dove Awards.

     The Festival of Faith and Music is March 26-28 on the Calvin campus. Registrations for the entire conference, at professional and student rates, are available on line.  The full schedule has not yet been announced.

     Public tickets for Lecrae’s 9 p.m. March 28 concert are $30 and are expected to go on sale this week online.

   Watch Lecrae’s testimony (recorded five years ago.
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